One of Derek's Christmas presents was 12 prepaid and planned out dates for a year. I got the idea from Pinterest. So, basically at the beginning of each month he gets to open a manilla folder and see what the date is. Then we pick a day that works best that month and away we go.
Our first date was a gift card to Lamb's Cafe down town, then ice skating around the corner at the Galivan. The $$$ was for the babysitter. Now not all the dates are with cheap-o coupons :) some are expensive so I figure it counter balances the whole thing . . . plus the point is to spend time together more than to spend money right!?